Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Gotye - "Somebody That I Used To Know"



This is an incredible music video that captures the difficulty of yesterday's intimacies.

Self Understanding


"I respect my limitations, but I don't use them as an excuse."

- Stephen R. Donaldson

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Trailer: The Greater Good

This film explores the controversy associated with forced vaccinations in America.



- Related music video (which I think is a really awesome work of art): Cloud Cult, "Take Your Medicine"

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My Thanksgiving


Three years ago I wrote a very emotional reflection about the American holiday known as Thanksgiving.  This time in my life was an incredibly tumultuous period which catapulted me into a transformational journey in which I am still participating in to this day.  Looking back at where I was three years ago is a very humbling experience.  Having one's reality changed so drastically in such a short period of time is like throwing a baby out of a crib.  I would never wish it upon anyone, but at the same time, I would never wish for anyone to knowingly avoid it.  One cannot stay in a crib his or her whole life.  Growth makes the accommodations too small and uncomfortable.  The time to leave the crib came for me whether I wanted it to or not.  And now I am here.

To commemorate my journey, I offer an alternative viewpoint on how to approach this dark and myth-ridden holiday, coming from the hearts of a heroic people.  

Whether you believe in God, the Great Spirit, or even nothing at all, I offer you my thanks for what you offer the world in your own dance of life.  Even more so, I offer my most sincere thanks for all who have helped me in this incredible journey, my life.  Navigating in the dark is sometimes scary, but with support from others I have stayed strong.  Personally, the past couple of years have been rather troubling.  Mental and physical meltdowns have brought me closer to hopelessness than I ever deemed possible.  Even so, with every setback, I received love from different sources--friends, family, or even people who I have never even physically met before--all of you have helped me become strong again.

There is something special about going through a dark tunnel and coming out the other side. Colors are  much more vibrant, and life is more miraculous than ever. I am grateful to experience hardship, and in feeling these hardships, I have come to realize that so many others experience darkness, often much darker than anything I will ever endure.  

I could keep going on, but really, I would just like to thank you. From the depths of my heart and soul I offer you my love, no matter how different or similar we may be. You are all special, I have learned greatly from our interactions, and I am blessed to have you all in my life, physically or digitally.

Happy Thanksgiving.

- Teddy Grahams

"We return thanks to our mother, the earth,
which sustains us.
We return thanks to the rivers and streams,
which supply us with water.
We return thanks to all herbs,
which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.
We return thanks to the moon and stars,
which have given to us their light when the sun was gone.
We return thanks to the sun,
that has looked upon the earth with a beneficent eye.
Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit,
in Whom is embodied all goodness,
and Who directs all things for the good of Her children."

- Iroquois -

The Thanksgiving Myth


"'Thanksgiving' is a very ancient concept to American Indian nations. The big problem with the American Thanksgiving holiday is its false association with American Indian people. The infamous 'Indians and pilgrims' myth. It is good to celebrate Thanksgiving, to be thankful for your blessings. It is not good to distort history, to falsely portray the origin of this holiday and lie about the truth of its actual inception. Here are some accurate historical facts about the true origin of this American holiday that may interest you:

'Thanksgiving' did not begin as a great loving relationship between the pilgrims and the Wampanoag, Pequot and Narragansett people. In fact, in October of 1621 when the 'pilgrim' survivors of their first winter in Turtle Island sat down to share the first unofficial 'Thanksgiving' meal, the Indians who were there were not even invited!

There was no turkey, squash, cranberry sauce or pumpkin pie. A few days before this alleged feast took place, a company of 'pilgrims' led by Miles Standish actively sought the head of a local Indian leader, and an 11 foot high wall was erected around the entire Plymouth settlement for the very purpose of keeping Indians out! Officially, the holiday we know as 'Thanksgiving' actually came into existence in the year 1637. Governor Winthrop of the Massachussetts Bay Colony proclaimed this first official day of Thanksgiving and feasting to celebrate the return of the colony's men who had arrived safely from what is now Mystic, Connecticut. They had gone there to participate in the massacre of over 700 Pequot men, women and children, and Mr. Winthrop decided to dedicate an official day of thanksgiving complete with a feast to 'give thanks' for their great 'victory.'

As hard as it may be to conceive, this is the actual origin of our current Thanksgiving Day holiday. Many American Indian people these days do not observe this holiday, for obvious reasons. I see nothing wrong with gathering with family to give thanks to our Creator for our blessings and sharing a meal. I do, however, hope that Americans as a whole will one day acknowledge the true origin of this holiday, and remember the pain, loss, and agony of the Indigenous people who suffered at the hands of the so-called 'pilgrims'. It is my hope that children's plays about 'the first Thanksgiving', complete with Indians and pilgrims chumming at the dinner table, will someday be a thing of the past. Why perpetuate a lie? Let us face the truths of the past, and give thanks that we are learning to love one another for the rich human diversity we share."

- John Two-Hawks, http://www.nativecircle.com/mlmThanksgivingmyth.html

- Further details:  http://www.danielnpaul.com/TheRealThanksgiving.html

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Realism


The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.

- William A. Ward -

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Revolution Is Love

Omega 6 Fats: An American Heart Association Fallacy

Mainstream nutritional recommendations are often misleading or erroneous:
The research upon which the American Heart Association based their 'eat-your-omega-6-fat' advisory, is fatally flawed, according to the results of a meta-analysis study, which showed that a steady diet of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids increases the risk of heart disease and death, especially for women [1]. British J Nutr. Dec 2010.
Source:  http://omega-6-omega-3-balance.omegaoptimize.com/2010/12/03/meta-analysis-reveals-heart-healthy-omega-6-fat-increases-risk-of-heart-disease.aspx

Friday, November 18, 2011

Buddha Of The Future


“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of community - a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the earth.”

- Thich Nhat Hanh

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Struck


To look into her deep blue eyes and see sorrow
and then equally feel my own...
This?
This is how it goes sometimes.

Lightning strikes.
A pulse of energy penetrates through the depths of the soul
at first invigorating, rehabilitating, and surprisingly soothing.

But after that initial strike?
Charred emotion.  
Reality sets in.

Lightning can't last forever.
The flash cannot erase the past,
nor can it be kept for the future.
It is only of the present--
A moment, nothing more.

Ah, yes.
Life is full of passionate bursts.

Love the light and enjoy the ride.
Embrace the sparks as they come.

- Teddy Grahams